Wasteland 2 developer inXile Entertainment has posted a new update on its Kickstarter page, stating that the game will take an average of 50 hours to complete, along with details on the RPG’s Los Angeles map.
It follows my in-depth Wasteland 2 interview with Brian Fargo, in which we discuss publisher’s resistance to the game and more.
The post reads, “One thing we were excited to look into were stats showing how long people were playing the game. It can be hard for a developer to estimate exactly how long a game takes because even when playing through fully, we’re still too familiar with it to not go through it fast.
“But now that we’ve had people playing it and based on how long they’ve been taking on the live content, we can estimate the full game will likely take the average new player around 50 hours on a normal playthrough. Though it’ll take quite a bit longer if you’re looking to fully explore every location and mission.”
On LA, inXile went on, “we can’t resist the temptation to talk more about the second half of the game…the Los Angeles area. I specifically say ‘Los Angeles area’ as it includes some locations that are in the Los Angeles metro area, rather than just ‘the city proper.’
“Los Angeles is a separate world map from Arizona. A lot of Arizona has a feeling of familiarity for the Wasteland 1 fans, as it sees the return of quite a number of Wasteland 1 locations and factions. This familiarity was important for us to keep, as there’s a long gap in time between the release of WL1 and the upcoming release of WL2, and strong narrative ties help bridge that long gap.”
“On the other hand, Los Angeles allows us to get back to some of the wildness the Wasteland setting allows, by opening up a fresh new area with weird possibilities. Los Angeles as it stands now is a sprawling city-scape, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world, with recognizable landmarks such as Hollywood and the L.A. Coliseum.
“The current L.A. with its nearly four million inhabitant’s needs water imported and thus may seem like a naturally semi-arid climate, but this is primarily due to human influence. With most of the human presence wiped out by the war, the creation of small and mostly toxic lakes of water by the post-war storms, and the shifting of air and water currents, the Los Angeles of Wasteland 2 is a lush area. Nature has reclaimed much of the ruined cityscape.”
We’ll have more on Wasteland 2 as it comes. Stay tuned.